Information on How to Unstick My Stuck Trash Compactor

Trash compactors help decrease the amount of space used by household garbage.

These appliances make use of a ram mounted on a hydraulic arm in most cases. As with any appliance, sometimes trash compactors need troubleshooting. A stuck drawer is a common problem. It is often caused by the ram not fully returning to the resting position or the foot pedal being locked. These issues are often resolved with a simple push of a button or turn of a dial.

Identify the type of trash compactor you have. The two basic types are push-button and key-switch. The former has "ON/OFF" buttons on the front panel. The latter has a knob or dial that has "OFF," "On" and "START" positions.

Raise the compactor ram to the ready position. On push-button models, push the "OFF" button and then press the "ON" button. For key-switch models, turn the dial to "START" and release. The drawer remains locked until the ram is all the way up as a safety precaution.

Reset the compactor after the "Solid Cycle" is finished. Lift up on the foot pedal to reset the unit and unlock the drawer.

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